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Addictions Graduate Certificate

Students in Purdue University Global's Graduate Certificate in Addictions program have the opportunity to learn academic theories about addiction and put them into practice. Read on to find out more about Purdue University Global's Graduate Certificate in Addictions program.

Official Program Name:

Graduate Certificate in Addictions

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Graduate Certificate

Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter this program should have a strong interest in areas such as psychology, ethics, addiction, and counseling. Undergraduate coursework in these areas can be beneficial. Applicants to Purdue University Global's Graduate Certificate in Addictions program should already have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Addictions program is designed to give students the necessary knowledge to pursue a job or advance their career as a professional in addictions counseling. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different types of counseling, such as chemical and psychological dependency counseling, advanced additions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders. This program places an emphasis on application and is intended to prepare students to conduct research in different areas of psychology and apply modern theories and technology to real-world situations. In order to complete the program, students will have to complete two practicum courses, which are designed to give students the opportunity to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

40 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Addictions:

Students in the Graduate Certificate in Addictions program will be required to complete an array of courses that cover different aspects of addiction and counseling. Students are also expected to complete two practicum courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (40 credits)

  • Ethics for Addictions Professionals
  • Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Counseling
  • Advanced Addictions Counseling
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments
  • Addictions Practicum I
  • Addictions Practicum II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Graduate Certificate in Addiction program may be interested in pursuing other master's degrees or certificates in psychology. Pursuing a master's degree or other certificates could help students prepare for their state's certification and licensure requirements to professionally practice psychology.

Master's degree and graduate certificate offers for graduate include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Postgraduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Career Paths:

The Graduate Certificate in Addictions program is designed to offer hands-on experience with addiction counseling that is directly transferable to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to study contemporary technologies and apply them to real-world situations; evaluate the legal, ethical, and socio-cultural implications of decisions made in the field of psychology; and conduct their own research. Some positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Addictions Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Research Psychologist

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